TAG Capitol Update: September 2016

September 2016

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


TAG Chili Cook Off

 

Join TAG on October 6th for its first annual TAG Chili Cook Off competition! This is an excellent opportunity for friendly competition, networking with your counterparts, and enjoying the best chili in town. The TAG chili cook off is a family friendly festival with cold beverages for all ages. Sponsorship opportunities and Team Registrations are now open. Award and prize categories include: hottest chili, judge's choice, people's choice, and best decorated tent!


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Georgia Statewide Technology Town Hall Meetings

 

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry is hosting a Technology Town Hall throughout of statewide Chapters. The Technology Town Hall serves as an informational forum about the critical issues and policies that are important to the emerging technology communities in Georgia. Attendees will be able to learn about legislative activities from the 2016 session, as well as preview initiatives for the upcoming 2017 Georgia General Assembly.

 

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Lt. Governor Cagle Hosts Inaugural GA CATT Apprenticeship Signing Ceremony

 

 Lt. Governor Casey Cagle hosted the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) Program’s inaugural signing ceremony on August 2, 2016. This program, the first of its kind in the United States, paired 10 incoming high school sophomores with eight Georgia manufacturers to serve as Industrial Mechanics apprentices.


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Google Fiber Available for Single-Family Homes in Atlanta

 

Google is now offering ultra-fast 1 gig service to single-family homes in parts of Atlanta, including Midtown, Morningside, Old Fourth Ward and Piedmont Heights. Since summer, Google Fiber has been available to select Atlanta apartment complexes and condominiums, as well as small businesses, but no single-family homes. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed attended the kick-off event, where he described Fiber as “an essential tool need to compete in the 21st Century economy.”

 

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Georgia Department of Transportation's Signal Software Update to Make Traffic "Smart"

 

Georgia Department of Transportation in partnership with Intelight, Inc. announced the deployment of state-of-the-art “smart” signals at 1,000 intersections throughout Georgia. The project is part of a statewide upgrade which converts traffic lights in Georgia to an up-to-the-second traffic signal controller technology. The new software provides significant improvements to how Georgia DOT and local agencies can operate their signal systems.

 

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Voxpro to Create More than 500 Jobs in Athens-Clarke County

 


Gov. Nathan Deal announced in August that Voxpro, an innovative customer experience and tech support provider, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $4 million in a new Center of Excellence in Athens-Clarke County by 2020. Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, Voxpro employs more than 1,700 people worldwide and delivers customer support experiences in more than 32 countries. Voxpro’s clients include Google, Airbnb and Nest.

 

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Global Payments to Expand Presence in Metro Atlanta

 

 

The State of Georgia announced that Global Payments Inc., a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services, will increase its technology personnel in Sandy Springs and locate their headquarters operation in the heart of Atlanta’s “Transaction Alley.” Global Payments provides innovative payment technology solutions in markets throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil. Headquartered in metro Atlanta with more than 8,500 employees worldwide, Global Payments is a member of the S&P 500 with customers and partners in 30 countries.

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2016 Study Committees 

 

During the General Assembly interim there are Study Committee meetings taking place to examine and report any findings, recommendations, or legislative proposals on issues important to the state of Georgia. TAG is participating in several 2016 Study committees impacting the technology industry. 

 

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FAA Announces First Drone Advisory Council Meeting

 

The Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Advisory Council will meet for the first time Sept. 16, according to a notice.  The council, led by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, is supposed to find and prioritize challenges for incorporating small unmanned aircraft systems, a.k.a drones, into the national airspace.

  

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Pentagon Science Board Recommends "Immediate Action" to Counter Enemy AI

 

The Defense Science Board’s much-anticipated “Autonomy” study sees promise and peril in the years ahead. The good news: autonomy, artificial intelligence, and machine learning could revolutionize the way the military spies on enemies, defends its troops, or speeds its supplies to the front lines. The bad news: AI in commercial and academic settings is moving faster than the military can keep up. Among the most startling recommendations in the study: the United States should take “immediate action” to figure out how to defeat new AI-enabled operations.

  

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Announces Members to Serve on FirstNet Board

 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the reappointment of three leading experts on public safety, wireless broadband communications, and state and local government to serve three-year terms on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board. FirstNet is an independent authority within the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) mandated by Congress to develop, build and operate the first nationwide wireless public safety broadband network. The network will enable better communication among emergency services personnel, which will improve response times and save lives.

  

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In This Issue

State:

TAG Chili Cook Off

Georgia Statewide Technology Town Hall Meetings

Lt. Governor Cagle Hosts Inaugural GA CATT Apprenticeship Signing Ceremony 

Google Fiber Available for Single-Family Homes in Atlanta
 

Georgia Department of Transportation’s Signal Software Update to Make Traffic “Smart”

 

Voxpro to Create More than 500 Jobs in Athens-Clarke County

 

Global Payments to Expand Presence in Metro Atlanta

 

2016 General Assembly Study Committees

  


Federal:

 

FAA Announces First Drone Advisory Council Meeting

 

Pentagon Science Board Recommends "Immediate Action" to Counter Enemy AI

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Announces Members to Serve on FirstNet Board

 

TAG Government Relations Sponsor

 

TAG Capitol Contacts

Tino Mantella
President & CEO
Tino@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2027


Heather Maxfield
Vice President, Government Relations & Statewide
Heather@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2022


Joseph Santoro
Director of External Affairs
Joseph@tagonline.org
(404) 526 - 6049 

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